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Friday, May 14, 2010                 Issue No. 62


In this issue:
Learn a Language @ Your Library
Summer Program Registration
Green Corner: It's Easy Being Green
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Learn a Language @ Your Library!

Ready.   Set.    Mango!

If you ever wanted to learn to speak a new language, now is the time!  The Wauconda Area Library is happy to announce the addition of the Mango language-learning system to our collection of online resources.  

What is Mango Languages?

Mango LanguagesMango offers a fun, fast, effective, and convenient solution to our community’s growing language learning needs.  Mango teaches conversational foreign language skills for English speakers AND English as a Second Language (ESL) for Spanish and Polish speakers.  Mango is so easy to use — you'll see incredible results after just one lesson!

  • Mango increases comprehension, retention, and usability of practical conversation skills
  • Mango is accessible wherever you go online — at home, at a café…anywhere, with your Wauconda Area Library card
  • Mango is FREE

Mango uses real-life situations and actual conversations to more effectively teach a new language.  You'll not only learn the individual words and phrases, you'll know how they're used in practical situations and conversations.  You'll learn more than grammar, vocabulary, and conjugation — you'll learn how to communicate.

Mango currently offers 12 complete courses and 36 basic courses (covering phrases common for travelers) — with many more on the way.

Grant Funding

This new service is funded by a grant intended to help increase literacy, promote library services to adult immigrants and other English language learners, and improve communication throughout the community.  The grant program, “The American Dream Starts @ Your Library,” is administered by the American Library Association and funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

American Dream Starts @ Your Library


Summer Program Registration

Summer Focus

Registration for all other summer programs begins Saturday, May 22 for Wauconda area library district residents.

Out-of-district registration begins on Saturday, May 29.

Registration is required for all programs except for those designated as drop-in programs. Call the library at 847-526-6225 or register online.


Don't forget to join our Summer Reading Clubs!
June 7 - July 18

Splish, Splash, Read for Kids

Grab a book and make some waves at the library! Children who are toddlers through sixth-graders are invited to jump into a splashtastic reading program!

Reading logs will be available starting Saturday, May 22 for Wauconda cardholders.

Kids who sign up between May 22-28 will receive a drawing slip for tickets to Barefoot Bay Aquatic Center in Mundelein!

Catch the Reading Wave for Teens & Adults

Dive in and explore the wonders of where a good story can take you!

This year there will be even more chances to win cool prizes, with 6 weekly prizes given in both Teen (grades 7-12) and Adult categories. There will also be a grand prize drawing for a Blu-ray player.

Stop by the Adult Services Reference Desk to sign up for a ride on the reading wave!

Green Corner
Green Corner
It's Easy Being Green

Kill A Watt MeterNEW! Electricity Usage Monitors For Checkout

Feeling environmentally conscious? Concerned about rising electricity costs? Find out which of your appliances, lamps, and computers are actually costing you the most! Electricity usage monitors are now available at the Adult Services Reference Desk.

"Green" Lawn and Garden Tips

It's that time of year to work in the yard, fertilize, mow the lawn, plant flowerbeds. There are many ways to cut down on the unnecessary use of chemicals and best of all, save money!

  • 21 Organic Lawn Care Tips - From The Daily Green - Suggestions include getting your soil tested before you fertilize and plant anything, using the right kind of grass seed, and reducing your lawn watering by 70-100%.
  • - Specific to Illinois and our sometimes unique climate!
  • University of Illinois Extension Horticulture - From the local experts - get tips on composting, pruning, taking care of pests and diseases, and vegetable gardening.
  • Library Catalog - Check out our list of "organic gardening" titles.
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